The best EDM in Denver this weekend: Rrose, Paul Oakenfold, Forest Green and a bunch more
The sheer amount of talent in the city this weekend is truly dumbfounding. It's like the promotional powers-that-be are testing the boundaries of our dimension by packing as much dance-driven energy into as little square footage as possible. Needless to say, if you're looking for somewhere to shake your tailfeathers this weekend, you've got plenty of options, from Rrose to Paul Oakenfold to Forest Green. And that's just a taste. Keep reading to see what else is on this weekend's Dance Card.
RROSE @ WOULD SHOP II | SAT, 1/26/13 If you caught Rrose at the 2012 Great American Techno Festival, then you've got some idea of what to expect when the artist returns for an intimate, boundary-pushing DJ set on Saturday (and have no doubt already bought your tickets). If not, then perhaps the Sandwell District imprint will ring a bell: Rrose was the mastermind behind "Waterfall" on Merchant of Salt, the acclaimed EP that confirmed this enigmatic figure's serious production chops. The playful, funky techno that Rrose weaves together is high-energy and bold, with a whisper of tongue-in-cheek innuendo threading through the sets; appropriately, the name Rrose is a nod to Marcel Duchamp, the surrealist/dadaist artist who first used the pseudonym Rrose Sélavy ("eros, c'est la vie"). A healthy dose of that surrealist vibe should be present when Rrose plays the Would Shop II with Tiari, Scott Everett, Maya Amack and John Templeton. Note: There will be no walk-up sales, so purchase tickets in advance at rrose.eventbrite.com. (10 p.m., 21+, $30)
PAUL OAKENFOLD @ BETA | SAT, 1/26/13 One of the first true superstar DJs, Paul Oakenfold has done more to popularize electronic dance music in the United States and in his native Britain than any constituent of the current EDM explosion. Long before Skrillex and Deadmau5 brought styles like dubstep and electro into the mainstream consciousness, Oakenfold played a pioneering role in the establishment of contemporary nightlife. Oakenfold became a household name in the States with the release of his 1998 mix album, Tranceport -- a greatest-hits compilation of late-'90s trance -- and the relentless gigging that accompanied it. His lengthy career includes highlights too numerous to count, including tours with Madonna and U2, residencies at British superclubs like Ministry of Sound and Cream, and his recent stand in Vegas at Rain. Over the years, Oakenfold -- affectionately known to millions of club-goers worldwide simply as "Oakey" -- has performed frequently in Colorado, everywhere from Mile High Stadium to Red Rocks. (9 p.m., 18+, $20) -- Matt Miner
FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 Electric Pony returns to the Appaloosa Grill with guest Forest Green from San Fancisco with Garrett and Sound Advice mixing up the electro-house, techno and breaks. (9 p.m., 21+, $5 after 11 p.m.)
Rene Walther, Narcotek and DV host Machine District, a once-monthly dark techno/industrial night at NORAD that's guaranteed to get your gears cranking. (9 p.m., 21+)
The Upbeats, Truth and MC Dino will take over the speakers on Beta's main floor, along with Dayquill, for Bassic Fridays. In the Beatport Lounge, Revy, Aaron Clark and Paul Fleetwood represent the underground techno and tech-house grooves. (9 p.m., 18+, $5-$15)
Laru Loud hosts a special edition of Cobra Cabana with Hotbox (aka Ejay Toledo) at the Living Room tonight. Come slow things down with some masters. (9 p.m., 18+)
DJ Hero, DJ Diabolic and Future Flash (Hazy Meadow/Ryan Rushing) take over Lumonics tonight for Hero's birthday bash in surreal surroundings. (9 p.m., $10 donation)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 Roofless hosts a new series, SELECT, with Adultnapper, Black Light Smoke, Rod Sim, Janis, Rolf and Sundragon at NORAD. (9 p.m., 21+)
Are you ready to Crystallize? This full moon, join Tron, Tor.Ma In Dub, Coral, Khromata, Alexander, E11even, Paradigm, Greasy Monk, Naica Portal, Rena Jones, Outersect, Soulacybin, Yuyu, Jaedha, Metaphorm and Psyrrano with live and aerial performances, art and much more. Check the event Facebook page for venue information. (9 p.m., 18+, $25-$30)
TheHundred hosts Volta Bureau on Saturday night with Studio Casual, option4, Ricard, Babyshoe, Need & Necessity shaking things up and getting down at Beauty Bar (9 p.m., 21+, $7 )
Do It captures the spirit of the moment with Dagan, Paul Garcia, L L Bishop, Axel Madden, Dirty Rotten, Uriah West, MITH and A-Train rocking the Fusion Factory. (9 p.m., 21+, $10)
The Dirty Funk Squad with resident DJ Dylan brings guest DJ Matt Bass to the Opal Lounge this weekend for, well, dirty, funky beats. (9 p.m., 21+, no cover)
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